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Rowenna Davis is a writer, teacher and community activist. She grew up in London where she got a lot of her politics from her multi-cultural state school in Cricklewood. She became a campaigning journalist, reporting on social inequalities. She moved into politics, standing for Labour as a Parliamentary Candidate before serving as a teacher in a secondary school like the one that first inspired her.

As a teenager, Rowenna actively campaigned against climate change and helped lead the youth movement against the Iraq war.

Wishing to learn more about politics and change, she went on to study politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University where she began to report on social inequalities in the town. This inspired her to pursue journalism, and she worked for seven years reporting on social affairs for publications including The Guardian, The Times, The Financial Times, The Economist, The Independent and others. She also became a regular commentator on BBC and Sky News. Her first book, ‘Tangled Up in Blue’, was published in 2011.

Rowenna served as a local councillor in Peckham during the London riots, and helped organise the community response in the wake of those attacks. Moved by this politics, she ran as a Parliamentary Candidate for Labour, leading community campaigns on the living wage for local university cleaners, playparks for children and protecting local NHS services.

 

When Labour lost the 2015 election, Rowenna wanted to return to more frontline work. She became a secondary school teacher and served for five years. She now lives with her husband in Croydon where they are expecting their first child. She continues to keep up her community activism, helping lead the local mutual aid movement to support neighbours throughout the pandemic.

Anita Kirpal is a second-generation British Asian, raised in an East-London flat above a post office run by her parents. Her family regularly experienced racism, which fuelled her to take up community activism. After a decade of community work and two decades in leadership consulting, she is now a partner at Global Future Partners where she helps companies develop genuinely inclusive, purpose-driven leadership.

As a teenager Anita joined Newham Monitoring Project (NMP), an anti-racist organisation in East London providing frontline support to families experiencing racial and police harassment.

She went on to co-found and lead Newham Asian Women’s Project, providing refuge provision and holistic services to women and girls fleeing Domestic Violence. There she successfully campaigned to challenge immigration laws, most notably to end no recourse to public funds for women with insecure immigration status fleeing domestic violence. She also conducted and published research (‘Growing up Young, Asian and Female in Britain: Conflict and Culture’) documenting the high self-harm and suicide rates of young Asian girls whilst running domestic violence awareness for children in school workshops.

After 10 years working in the third sector, and qualifying as a psychologist, Anita moved to YSC, a premier international leadership consultancy where she then spent 20 years providing coaching and advice to major FTSE 100 companies. In the latter part of her career at YSC she was the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusive Leadership where she was central to the formation and design of IP and partnering with clients on culture change.

Anita is married to a criminal barrister who has been counsel in notable inquests and public inquiries including Stephen Lawrence, Hillsborough and Grenfell. They met whilst working at NMP, 30 years ago and are miraculously still together. They currently live with their two children in London.

 

Bryony has worked in the arts and entertainment industry for over 20 years. She began her career as a backing singer David Bowie and other artists, all well as songwriting for films and developing artists.

She has a degree in theatrical costume and set design from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has since been a museum curator for Print The Myth Exhibition at the V&A and audience participatory installations at Rivington Street Gallery in Shoreditch.

She is also a key contributor to the development of Global Future’s book, England, Our England, which chronicles the lives and experiences of the Windrush generation and the first Commonwealth immigrants to the UK. She is also an adviser to Global Future’s Arts & Culture Board.

Ian is a Partner in Fragomen’s London office where he focuses on UK immigration. Ian has worked in immigration for 15 years, including five years with Fragomen. He manages a large team that supports businesses across a range of sectors, including IT, energy, professional services and London’s burgeoning tech community.

Ian also manages Fragomen’s UK Government Strategies Practice. He works with decision makers in and around government, helping key people understand how the immigration system can better support business. He also works with Fragomen’s Strategic Migration Forum to ensure that messages to government are consistent and compelling.

Before joining Fragomen, Ian spent eight years at the Home Office working on contentious migration and criminal justice policies. In January 2009, Ian took responsibility for the development and oversight of the UK’s economic migration policy. His last role as a civil servant saw him play a central role in the design and implementation of the UK’s much debated policy placing a cap on economic migrants. Ian also fronted an extensive Government consultation on the cap and worked with experts to revamp the UK’s high value migration routes in Tier 1 of the PBS.

Earlier in his career, Ian was a core member of policy teams that developed, legislated for and implemented policies to prevent sham marriages, deport foreign criminals and to incorporate civil partnerships into the UK immigration rules.

Tom Baldwin has worked as Assistant Editor of The Times and Director of Communications for the Labour Party.
He is the author of Ctrl Alt Delete: how the media and politics crashed our democracy.

André Lacroix is an experienced Chief Executive with a strong track record of delivering long-term growth strategies and shareholder value with global companies across multiple industries: Personal and Health Care, Beverages, Food and Hospitality, Automotive and Quality Assurance. André was previously Group Chief Executive of Inchcape plc from 2005 to 2015 and prior to this he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Euro Disney S.C.A. From 1996 to 2003 he was the President of Burger King International, previously part of Diageo.  In the early stages of his career, André Lacroix worked for Ernst & Young, Colgate Palmolive and PepsiCo. André was formerly the Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Reckitt Benckiser Group plc. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Global Future, an independent think tank based in London.

Fiona has over 25 years’ experience pioneering innovation in the highly-disrupted and
competitive media sector. She was a board director of Time Inc. (UK) for 10 years, and
most recently Group Managing Director of Time Inc. (UK) Lifestyle, the largest women’s
media portfolio in Britain, with an audience reach of 60%. She has led some of the
UK’s most visible media names including Wallpaper*, Ideal Home, Homes & Gardens,
Woman & Home, Marie Claire, Woman’s Weekly, Country Life and has extensive
experience across luxury, fashion & beauty, interior design, health & wellbeing, travel,
food, entertainment and technology.

Fiona played a pivotal role in developing Time Inc.(UK)’s growth and transformation
strategy, at the forefront of leading the business into the new sectors of digital
advertising, e-commerce and events. She is a digital pioneer, working on the launch
of newscientist.com over 20 years ago and is associated with leading Time Inc. (UK)’s entry
onto digital platforms, way ahead of competitors. She ran the most successful Time Inc.(UK)
growth initiative, taking the company into the popular craft sector, acquiring ICHF, the UK’s
no.1 events business and launching an e-commerce venture, The Knitting Network.

Fiona has a passion for the dynamic UK start-up sector and is an active investor and advisor
to premium interior design e-commerce start-up, Clippings.com, health & wellbeing rewards
platform Earthmiles and Assetvault, a fintech. In addition, Fiona is a trustee board member
of the National Centre for Circus Arts, part of London’s Conservatoire of Drama and Dance.
She is a life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts whose mission is to enrich society through
ideas and action.

Born in Pakistan, Farooq Chaudhry enjoyed an international professional dance career in the eighties and nineties. He was awarded an Asian Achievement Award for his work as a dancer in 1988.

After retiring from dancing in 1999 he completed an MA in Arts Management from City University. A year later he teamed up with Akram Khan and co-founded Akram Khan Company. As the company producer, Chaudhry puts creativity at the heart of his leadership style, forming innovative business models to support Khan’s artistic ambitions. Their partnership has made the company one of the world’s most foremost and successful dance companies.

In addition to his work for Akram Khan Company, Chaudhry became the International Creative Producer for China’s national dance icon Yang Liping since January 2016. He was also Creative Producer for English National Ballet in October 2013-2017 and was instrumental in supporting Tamara Rojo in shaping her vision.

Chaudhry is a witness of the School for Social Entrepreneurs. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs acknowledged him in a list of the world’s top hundred cultural actors and entrepreneurs.

Chaudhry is a regular guest speaker in cultural entrepreneurship including the Advanced Cultural Leadership Programme at Hong Kong University and the London Business School. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from De Montfort University for his services to dance in 2014.

Laura is a leading advocate of building a more productive and efficient economy, a promoter of greater demand production policies placing consumers at the heart of markets, and an innovator in food policy.
Laura brings an unique set of thinking, networks and skills harnessing innovation from the commercial, public policy and academic worlds to deliver new solutions to business and organisational problems.

As Chair of the European Movement, Sandys played a role in campaigning to remain in the EU during the 2016 referendum on EU membership, albeit critical of the official umbrella campaign Britain Stronger in Europe. After the result, she resigned as Chair of the Movement and was succeeded by Richard Corbett. She remains defiantly pro European.

In 2006, Sandys was placed on the new ‘A-list’ of Conservative candidates ahead of the 2010 general election.[15] In October 2006, she was selected to stand as the Conservative candidate for Thanet South, defeating Mark MacGregor, the party’s previous candidate at the 2001 and 2005 elections. The constituency was then held by Stephen Ladyman for the Labour Party. She lives locally within the constituency in the town of Ramsgate, Kent. In the 2010 General Election, Sandys gained the South Thanet seat from Stephen Ladyman with 48% of the popular vote.

Sandys is a Vice-President of the Debating Group. In August 2014, Sandys announced that she would not be standing in the 2015 General election. She explained that, “I have been considering my future in light of a wide range of family demands and have decided that I cannot combine the level of dedication and service needed for the constituency with my growing personal responsibilities to those closest and dearest to me.”

Miles is a leading social psychologist who is well known for his work on social relations. He graduated from the University of Bristol in 1978 and then moved to the University of Oxford from which he obtained a D.Phil. in social psychology in 1981. He pursued post-doctoral work at the University of Tübingen, Germany from which he obtained a Habilitation in 1986. He then undertook further work with Serge Moscovici (in Paris) and Wolfgang Stroebe (in Tübingen).

He held chairs in social psychology at the University of Bristol, University of Mannheim, Germany, and Cardiff University before taking up a chair at the University of Oxford where he is also a Fellow of New College. He has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University.

He has published widely in the general field of experimental social psychology. His major topics of research have been: attribution theory, social cognition, social influence, stereotyping and intergroup relations, and intergroup conflict. His current work centres on the reduction of intergroup conflict, via intergroup contact, stereotype change and crossed categorisation.

He is a former editor of the British Journal of Social Psychology, and co-founding editor of the European Review of Social Psychology. He is a past recipient of the British Psychological Society’s Spearman Medal (1987), and its Presidents’ Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge (2001).

He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, of the British Academy, and of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences. in 2003 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

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